Dr. Erik Jones
Dr. Erik Jones is the founder of Master Singers of Virginia (MSVA), now serving in his twenty-third season as its director. During the past two decades, he has guided the MSVA to become the premier a cappella choir in Northern Virginia, performing “modern choral music… masterfully” all over the Washington, DC region and earning prestigious awards such as the 2012 Ovation Award for most Creative Programming from the Choralis Foundation. Dr. Jones is an avid choral composer, with over twenty works to his credit, most of which have been premiered by the MSVA. Walton House, a pre-eminent publishing house has recently published I’ll Tell My Ma, which was premiered by the MSVA.
Dr. Jones received his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in vocal music education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Jones went on to receive his Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati, and his doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Jones served for ten years as Director of Choral Activities at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where he directed the Chamber singers, the Masterworks Chorale, the Women’s Camerata and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.